Here’s what’s hot in Melbourne this week …
Red Sparrow – opens March 1, Rated MA15+, 140 minutes.
Adapted from an acclaimed novel by an ex-CIA agent, this visceral, hard-edged spy thriller fuses the gritty geopolitics of John Le Carre with the sleazy sex of Ian Fleming. Jennifer Lawrence stars as the sparrow, a Russian femme fatale sent to compromise an American operative.
The National – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, March 1, from $99.79.
Intelligent and heartfelt, Brooklyn rockers The National have long found a sympathetic ear in Melbourne. Drawing from a raft of albums stretching back for more than a decade and a half, their gigs are as intense as they are joyful, songs building from an intimate whisper to an exhilarating yowl.
Sound of Falling Stars – Arts Centre Melbourne, February 28-March 3, $30-69.
Aussie theatre legend Robyn Archer directs this tribute to some of the best-loved voices of the 20th century. Actor and singer Cameron Goodall covers an incredible range of stars who shone very brightly but not for long – Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Nick Drake, Tim and Jeff Buckley, Kurt Cobain and more.
Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills – Pan Macmillan, $29.99.
— jennifer mills (@millsjenjen) January 30, 2018
The residents of a small Australian coastal town wake one morning to discover that the sea has disappeared. Nobody knows why, but Sam saw it coming – which makes her as suspicious as it does precious. Dealing with questions of fate and free will, this compelling novel has echoes of the wild fantasy of China Mieville.